Late last week, Leading enterprise Hadoop providers Hortonworks announced the availability of Apache Kafka as a technical preview on their Hortonworks Data Platform product.
Kafka orginiated as a real-time messaging system developed at LinkedIn, and was incubated as an Apache project in 2011. “Apache Kafka is a fast, scalable, durable, and fault-tolerant publish-subscribe messaging system. Kafka is often used in place of traditional message brokers like JMS and AMQP because of its higher throughput, replication, and fault tolerance,” wrote Hortonworks developer Sriharsha Chintalapani on their blog.
Hortonworks also packages other open-source technologies such as Storm and Spark. Unlike other open source-embellished companies who have revenues from their proprietaries as well, it will rely on revenue through support to engineering intensive companies over a period of time. Hortonworks rely on their fully-open-sourced-stack as their USP, differentiating them from rivals Cloudera and MapR.
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